Dear NFL: Go ahead and get rid of the kickoff

You win, NFL. You’ve been gradually chipping away at the kickoff 鈥?dubbed for years now the most dangerous play in the game 鈥?with the goal of making it easier for everyone to deal with the elimination of the kickoff when it eventually happens. Perhaps the hope was that the sense of inevitability would grow to the point that the calls for the end of the kickoff would come from the outside.
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It’s going to happen sooner or later. Make it happen sooner, so we can all quit wondering when it’s finally going to happen.

This volatility from most hitters is why I’m typically dead set against making too many roster moves in the first month of the season. If you’re always attempting to chase the hot players, you’re usually going to end up catching them just about the same time that cold spell does. And, you just know that if you cut a recently underwhelming player to make that move, you’re likely to be doubly snakebit when he ends up going on a blistering rampage at the plate.

So, if you are looking to shake things up and you simply can’t help yourself from clicking away at the waiver wire, might I suggest you add players who have had a poorer Week 2 than their Week 1 and let loose the players who heated up a bit in Week 2 after a slow start.

Adding Shin-Soo Choo (34 DeAndre Hopkins Womens Jersey Week 1 points, -5 in Week 2), Miguel Sano (26, -5), and Avisail Garcia (19, -4) to your Week 3 lineups while swapping out the likes of Justin Bour (6, 27), J.P. Crawford (-3, 23) and Wilmer Flores (2, 18) is probably the wiser course of action than keeping the status quo — at least for the next seven days, anyway. After that, it’s time to return to the crystal ball and cross your fingers if you’re intent on trying to predict hot streaks.
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Ansah, who was Detroit’s franchise player, has signed his tender. That gives him a guaranteed salary of $17.143 million this season. If the Lions don’t work out a long-term deal with him, he’ll either hit unrestricted free agency next year or he’ll be guaranteed a 20 percent pay raise, which would mean a guaranteed salary of $20.572 million next year.

Last year Ansah had an up-and-down season with three different three-sack games, but a total of only three sacks in all the other games.

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Brandon Scherff 2019 option has been exercised

Guard Brandon Scherff is now officially under contract through the 2019 season.
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Albert Breer of reports that the Redskins have exercised their option on Scherff’s contract for next year. The option is guaranteed against injury only, so the team could reverse course and rescind the option before it kicks in.

Christopher Jackson, the youngest son of Keith Jackson, said his father was the same man at home as the one viewers got to know on the air.

He was special because he managed to connect to people through an electronic box, Christopher Jackson said. He came across as someone that each one of us would love to have as a dad, grandfather, neighbor or golf partner.

People loved Keith Jackson for the person he was, not the job he did. … As he would often say, he was just passing through.

I just don’t understand sometimes! Allen said in a since-deleted tweet, via But we sign people like鈥?nvm.

The first part referred to McCain; the second part potentially referred to quarterback Geno Smith, one of the few offseason additions by the team in free agency.

Other tweets still existing on Allen’s timeline seem to hint at his displeasure with the situation. And while Allen’s frustration may be fueled by the fact that Allen and McCain attended the same high school and college, the Chargers have been sticking to the more traditional ways of building a team while the Rams have been going all in.

Of course, it’s not too late for Patrick Peterson Jersey the Chargers to make a splash. They could trade for Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. And they could add Allen to the compensation package.

The game was played exactly 50 years after the A’s debut at the Coliseum following their move from Kansas City, and it attracted a crowd of 46,028. Admission and parking were free, and players from both teams wore 1968 replica uniforms. The atmosphere was markedly different from a night earlier, when the announced attendance was 7,479 and the actual crowd appeared to be half that.

It looked like the place was packed, Oakland manager Bob Mevin said. That was the objective, and I really wanted to put on a good show for them and our guys did right away. It was great to score some runs early on and get the crowd into it. When they get into it they have a lot of fun.

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Porzingis says he’s staying out of Knicks’ coaching search

Authentic Troy Polamalu Jersey All-Star forward Kristaps Porzingis says he doesn’t need to have any input on the New York Knicks’ coaching search.
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That’s [management’s] job. They’re going to do their part and I’m going to do my part. We’ll keep it like that, Porzingis said Saturday before meeting with Knicks team president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry.

Mills and Perry fired Jeff Hornacek earlier this week and have begun a search for the next Knicks coach.

Before meeting with Mills and Perry on Saturday, Porzingis, 22, reiterated that he wants to remain in New York long term. I love this place, he said.

He’s a talented player, we need him, Bledsoe said. His emotions are going all over the place right now. [In] the gym a lot of fans [were] just screaming, the game’s just moving fast, everything’s just going 100 miles an hour for him.

It’s going to come to him, he’s just got to slow down.

Parker disagreed with that notion that his first career playoff game moved too fast for him and he remains confident he will bounce back on Tuesday night.

Just whatever time I get, I try to play the hardest I can, Parker said after Tuesday’s shootaround. That’s all I can control.

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Aldridge said the extra attention applied by Golden State’s defense caused Derrick Morgan Womens Jersey him to overthink things. The Spurs finished with an efficiency rating of 38 percent in the paint but received only 13 opportunities with a player getting his first touch of a possession in the paint, which registered as 16 fewer chances than the Warriors. San Antonio took only eight shots in the paint, according to Second Spectrum.

Patrice Bergeron, Anze Kopitar lead finalists for Selke Trophy

The Blazers downplayed the matchup issue. They noted that they held New Orleans to 98.6 points per 100 possessions, a mark that would have ranked dead last in the regular season, and that Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum won’t miss everything for an entire half again.

Fair. But New Orleans was plus-12 in 32 minutes with Mirotic and Davis on the floor, and it scored about 107 points per 100 possessions in that time — a solid mark that could have been even better. Portland’s options are limited.

Ed Davis played his usual fierce two-way game and is quicker than Nurkic. Zach Collins had a solid postseason debut, including three minutes as Portland’s nominal center in the third quarter. Collins in that stint defended Mirotic, so Aminu could chase Davis.

Couturier is a first-time nominee and finished third in plus/minus at plus-34. He is trying to join Bobby Clarke and Dave Poulin as Flyers who have won the award.

The winner, based on voting by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, will be announced at the 2018 NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 20.

Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier will not play in Wednesday night’s Game 4 at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins due to a lower-body injury, coach Dave Hakstol said.

In Couturier’s absence, the Flyers plan to move Nolan Patrick up to center the top line between Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek.

Couturier had to be helped off the ice at the team’s practice on Tuesday after a collision with teammate Radko Gudas, who was moving backward and didn’t see Couturier.

“One thing about him is he’s not afraid to try things and really apply it. That’s something that’s rare. A lot of guys want to stay in their comfort zone.”

Mitchell grins. He’s heard this plenty of times from Bryant, a 32-year-old former University of Utah guard who has earned a reputation as a developmental guru, having groomed Gordon Hayward into an All-Star before Hayward departed for Boston in free agency.jets_012

Rays beat Rangers 8-4 to end 4-game losing streak

While others might dread the beginning of the work week, Mallex Smith is beginning to love Mondays.
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Smith had four hits for the second time in eight days and Blake Snell struck out nine Monday night to help the Tampa Bay Rays stop a four-game losing streak with an 8-4 win over the Texas Rangers.

Exactly a week earlier, Smith got four hits in Chicago against the White Sox. This time, he had a double and three singles to raise his batting average to .409.
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The Giants view Saquon Barkley as a near-perfect prospect. They think he’s a better player than Ezekiel Elliott, who went No. 4 to the Cowboys in 2016. All Elliott has accomplished is average 104.6 yards in his 25 NFL games, along with 22 rushing touchdowns in two seasons. He also has an entire offense built around him. The main difference? Barkley is a far superior pass-catcher. Plus, there are absolutely no character issues or concerns with Barkley.
I thought all along this is the guy Dave wants,” said a national NFL scout who knows Gettleman from crossing paths with him on the road over the years. And he might get him, if Cleveland is dumb enough not to take him at No. 1.

The Cubs are pushing their rotation back a second day with Tyler Chatwood — originally scheduled to pitch Sunday against Atlanta — starting Tuesday and Jon Lester going Wednesday. St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright will have his start moved back a day to Tuesday. But the Cardinals will go with Luke Weaver instead of Michael Wacha on Wednesday.

The postponement was the third on the Cubs’ first homestand of the season — and second in as many days. Sunday’s series finale against Atlanta got pushed back to May 14 because of rain.

There were 21 postponements in the majors through Sunday.

The Cubs were hoping to get Anthony Rizzo (lower Jeff Samardzija Youth jersey back tightness) back from the 10-day disabled list on Monday. But the postponement delayed the three-time All-Star’s return.

The Cardinals activated infielder Jedd Gyorko (strained right hamstring) and reliever Luke Gregerson (strained left hamstring) and optioned right-hander Mike Mayers and infielder Yairo Munoz to Triple-A Memphis.

NFL closes overtime rule loophole

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The NFL has closed an odd loophole in the overtime rules, fixing a problem that had never come up 鈥?but would have caused major controversy if it had.
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Most fans probably had no idea that this could ever become an issue, but when the NFL tweaked its overtime rules, it didn’t clarify what, exactly, constituted a possession.

Consider this scenario: Team A receives the overtime kickoff, marches down the field and kicks a field goal. Authentic Larry Fitzgerald Jersey On its ensuing possession, Team B throws an interception. But the player on Team A fumbles the ball, and a player on Team B scoops it up and runs for a touchdown. Who wins the game?

Under the old rule, Team A wins the game, because Team B’s possession ended the moment the interception was thrown. But that just feels wrong: How can you lose a game when the game ends with you running into the end zone for a touchdown?

He made only 15 catches in 2017 and has 73 in his five-year career.
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Butler, 28, played 261 offensive snaps last season, which was fourth among the team’s wide receivers.

What’s not clear is any potential punishment for Richardson.

Goodell said he hasn’t gotten an update from Mary Joe White in the last 30 days regarding her investigation, and couldn’t offer any comment beyond that. Asked if he expected to rule before the sale of the team, he said the league would rule when the investigation was complete, without a timeline.

Gettis, 29, spent the final two weeks of 2017 on the Bucs’ roster, though he didn’t play.

Washington made Gettis a fifth-round pick in 2012. He also has played for the Giants and has spent time on the practice squads of the Raiders and the Steelers.

He has played in 17 games with one start.

76ers could set club record vs. Hawks with 15th straight win

The Philadelphia 76ers will go for a franchise-record 15th straight win Tuesday night against the Atlanta Hawks.
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The 76ers (50-30) matched a team-best streak by beating the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. Their 50th victory of the season clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

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Dallas signed Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson in free agency and still could draft a receiver. The Cowboys have shown interest in Alabama’s Calvin Ridley and SMU’s Courtland Sutton among others.

I have not met with Dez, Garrett said at the Cowboys’ Taste of the NFL event. Dez is on our football team, and again, we talked about some of the moves we made at the receiver position, and they’re designed to create competition there. We think that’s going to help everybody on Derek Anderson Womens Jersey our team.

Bryant’s teammates have heard the talk about his future being in doubt, but they haven’t listened.

I stay out of it, Frederick said. I don’t know anything about it. I don’t think anybody knows anything about it. We just go on like things are, and that’s what we do. Whatever happens happens obviously. I love Dez. I love him as a teammate, and I love him as a person. I wish him the best, and I just hope everything gets settled.

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Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said, We are growing a culture. We’ve won 50 games and we have home-court advantage and we’ve tied a record. That’s true. But that is never really what’s most on my mind.

Titans add Will Compton

The Titans visited with linebacker Will Compton a little more than a week ago and the two sides have come back together to strike a deal.

The team announced that Compton agreed to a contract on Monday. No terms of the deal were announced. Compton also visited with the Bills since the league year opened last month.

Compton finished his final season in Washington on injured reserve with a Lisfranc injury that cost him seven games. He only missed one game over the previous three seasons and made 33 total starts after entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

Riley said to Thomsen that similar questions were raised during the team’s July 2010 free-agent recruiting pitch to LeBron.

“They wanted to know what was going to happen with Erik,” Riley said. “They wondered if I was going to be coaching. I said, ‘Look, Erik is the head coach, that’s it. I support him. I’m not interested in coaching.’

The movie will “star” Frank Grillo and Mel Gibson. (The mind wanders to what a movie called “The Passion of the Gronk” would be like. Or, “The Patriot 2: Electric Boogaloo.” Oh, never mind.)

Gronkowski’s role is unspecified, but Grillo is playing “a retired special forces veteran who becomes trapped in a never-ending loop that results in his death every day.”

So if nothing else, Gronkowski can prepare for it by watching film of his games against the Jets.

“The thought was in their mind at times that maybe I would come back and coach, I think. But I was truly done, I didn’t want to get back into it, and Erik is a hell of a coach. He was coming off two good playoff years, but he had not been coaching three superstars. And then with the whole LeBron effect, it would have been a tough transition for any head coach with two years of experience.”flames_023

Angels looking heavenly compared to Rangers

Eleven games into the 2018 season, the Los Angeles Angels look as if they will have a team that can contend for the American League West, and maybe more.
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The Texas Rangers, conversely, have more questions than answers, and will be without one of their best players when the two teams meet on Tuesday at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, for the second game of their three-game series.

Despite the fact that the Angels have won their two straight games and eight of their first 11, all is not rosy with Los Angeles, at least not with the medical report
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The team revealed Monday afternoon that right-handed starting pitcher JC Ramirez has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament and will likely undergo Tommy John surgery,

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Half the league gets a chance to play in the postseason, Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. You don’t want to take things for granted. They should feel good about creating an opportunity to play after the regular season’s over, but the thing I said to them after the game was we want to continue to play well, we want to continue to build, we want to continue to get better.
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That’s what Oklahoma City did all season. They started 8-12, are 39-22 since and got road wins over Houston and Miami in a three-day span to clinch the berth.

We’re headed in the right direction, said George, who walked off a winner in Miami for the third time in 21 appearances. This is what we wanted. We wanted to come out of this road trip 2-0 and we did that.

Westbrook finished with 23 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists for the Thunder, who missed their first 10 shots and were down by 18 in the opening minutes before outscoring the Heat 39-12 in the fourth.

It was the third-worst scoring margin for any quarter in Heat history, and the worst ever in a game at Miami.

The Heat were called for 10 fouls in the fourth against three for the Thunder, and Oklahoma City shot 15 free throws in the final quarter — one more than Miami shot in the entire game.

Dan Quinn’s best coaching job so far came last year, not the previous season when the Atlanta Falcons appeared in Super Bowl LI.聽

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The only fight that matters is the one you’re in, Quinn told NFL Network’s Michael Silver (via聽Fox 5 Atlanta). So when people bring up the Super Bowl? F–k that…We’re looking at what’s right in front of us.

After the Yankees scored two in the sixth to pull ahead 5-3, reliever David Robertson preserved the lead in the seventh. Entering with runners on second and third with one out, a mess created by Adam Warren, Robertson ended the Orioles’ threat by striking out Manny Machado (on a questionable called strike three) and Jonathan Schoop.

This was a nice win for the Yankees, who now have eight players on the disabled list, including three regulars – first baseman Greg Bird, center fielder Aaron Hicks and Drury. Also, the Yanks were without two others who excited Friday’s game early, catcher Gary Sanchez (cramps) and second baseman Tyler Wade (flu).

(Friday)聽night was one of those unique nights where you’re trying to keep it together, Boone said. Keep guys focus going. That’ll be the message today…. Guys are on the mend a little bit and we just have to weather the storm right now as best we can. The expectation for us is to go out and win ballgames.

Fowler, mired in a 1-for-18 stretch, drove the first pitch from Chase Anderson into the Cardinals’ bullpen for his 24th career leadoff home run. Pham looked at one pitch and then lined the next one over the wall in deep right-center.

Anderson was charged with four runs and eight hits in four innings.

Cardinals: 3B Jedd Gyorko (strained right hamstring) was placed on the 10-day disabled list and OF Harrison Bader was recalled from Triple-A Memphis. Gyorko left Monday night’s game before the Brewers batted in the bottom of the seventh….

Brewers: C Stephen Vogt took batting practice, but still has a little way to go before he’ll be able to join the team, manager Craig Counsell said. Vogt began the season on the disabled list because of a right shoulder strain suffered Jack Butler Womens Jersey early in spring training.